Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Special K New Flatbread Breakfast Sandwiches

Do you like flatbread? Wow, I think its the. best. bread. ever.
If you like making garlic bread this stuff is the BOMB for it. So crunchy and delish just like brachetta. (spelling?)
Anyway I tried this product and I must say....... I just loved this new sandwich by Special K!
I had the Veggie one, and it was full of flavor, and only 140 cals. If you don't like or want the cheese because your vegan, you can easily take it off before you cook it. Here is how it looks when you take it out of the package.
and cooked.....
If you want to know my take on it..........
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The Christmas Dress

I have always wanted a red dress, now I have one. I must admit, it is a size too big, but I am going to make it work. I always wear a 6 in a dress because of my back, wish I could say its my chest ha ha but nope. I ordered this dress on sale, really cheap at Kohls, and I ordered the black one too in the right size. They sold out of the red, which is like an orange red color that I adore.
I paired this will brown wedges and this great denim jacket, it is amazing!
Yesterday I went to the park at lunch and got in 3 miles. I can't complain the weather was in the high 50's and sunny. I really enjoyed it, and I think I could have stayed there all day!
This morning the sunrise was STUNNING! I had to snap a picture because I wanted to keep that colorful sky in my memory.
December 19th and look at!

Today was rest day on X2 so I did JM 30 day shred level 1.
Rocked it, just sayin'.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Its Christmas Time!

Me at the office, this is the Christmas tree in my area. I love the silver and gold, so pretty!
My girlfriend Diane and I celebrated Christmas this weekend. She got a wonderful dessert for us, it was a cheesecake with strawberries on top. YUM!
It was from McCarthurs!

On another note, I finished Insanity!
Finally me and Shaun T. can part ways, it was fun while it lasted......a major sweat fest!

Now it is day 2 of P90X2.
So far, boring. I know it may be because Insanity was such fast pace but this one is more about balance and using a foam roller. (which I already do)

The warm up is the same each workout, not like P90X which was different each one. I'm sure its easier to piece it together that way but if you get bored easy like I do, you may not like it.
My warm up is 50 Jacks, then P90X2 warm up without rolling. I am not following the meal plan on this, I am doing the Clean Eat magazine recipes. So its Christmas time, are you ready for Santa?
I am :-)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

5 Healthy Holiday Protein Shakes


Yum, I love protein shakes and especially creative ones! Sometimes I like to add a new fruit, or even some applesauce just to keep things mixed up.

This months Muscle & Body posted a few that I really want to try.

You can find them here.

Since I go to the store on the weekend, I will try one of these and let you know how it goes, I am thinking the peppermint patty yummo!

5 Protein shake recipes:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hostoric Kimswick at Christmas

I got these great snowflakes from Linda on my facebook fan page, thanks!
I have a white tree so I decided to display them like this..........

This is Historic Kimswick, and during the holiday season they go all out with lights and it is so charming it is well worth the trip.
Here are some of the pictures I snapped, enjoy!

Some of the homes date back to the 1800's and have been saved and turned into great little unique shops.

And you can find many one of a kind things, and lots of friendly people too!

It was raining but I still felt the Christmas spirit everywhere.
They even have playing holiday music filling the air.

Most of the shops won't let you take pictures but this one did, and how cute is this display?

It is the Blue Owl Sweet shop, they sell Ice cream, and other fun gifts.

How cute is the tree that they have, you can't really see that it has candy all over it. I love the big pink barbie colored bow :-)

All the shops are open every day EXCEPT on Monday.

These little guys were adorable, and I love the tree sprig that lights up. Who knew lambs were so darn cute?

Talk about beautiful, can you imagine living in this house?

This is the famous Blue Owl Restaurant. I had lunch there, and they are known for pie. I had the cheesecake, it was amazing just like the food.

I tried to get a picture leaving once it was darker, but with the rain I decided to stay in the car. I know I won't melt, but we had been walking all afternoon in it.

I love this carriage, just image how people use to travel like this. I guess it took forever to get anywhere and you better like who your traveling with huh?

This was cute, but you can't tell it was all white with lots of white lights.

Then if you continue to the back of Kimswick I found this old structure. It is across from the river and I just wonder if it used to be a huge castle?

The gates we amazing but I did not get a picture of them.

This is the Anheuser Estate
It is a working farm, and you can visit it in the spring and fall.
You can barley see the horses.......

Then there is this historical bridge I was just facinated with.
The Windsor Harbor Road bridge

It was moved to this spot and saved

How cool is the iron works?

I love how it looks and that they kept the wooden parts too.

If you have never been you really should take a trip to Kimswick, even if its not during the holidays the Christmas Haus is open all year!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Fig, Goat Cheese and Bacon Appetizer

Image and Recipe - Fitness And More Inc.

I love the holidays for creative appetizers, and this one sure fits the bill! Check out these tasty little guys, everyone will want more so make a double batch!

Fig, Goat Cheese and Bacon Appetizer
Here's a great recipe to bring to your next holiday party. Fresh fruit, nitrate-free bacon crumbles and high-quality goat cheese crumbles make a tasty appetizer that is gluten-free and caveman-friendly! Servings: 6

Here's what you need:

 •6 figs, halved

 •1 Tablespoon balsamic glaze

 •6 Tablespoons goat cheese

 •1 slice nitrate free bacon

 1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

 2.In a medium skillet cook the bacon until crispy. Allow to cool then crumble.

 3.Lightly grease a baking pan with olive oil.

 4.Halve the figs and line, cut side up, on the prepared pan.

 5.Drizzle balsamic glaze on the cut side of each fig. Sprinkle with goat cheese and bacon crumbles.

 6.Place in oven for 5-8 minutes. Serve immediately.

 Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 98 calories, 3g fat, 68mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, and 4g protein

Friday, December 7, 2012

New Bikram Hot Yoga Midwest!


Recently opened is the new Bikram Hot Yoga Midwest, and I can't wait to try it! I have never done the "real" 26 pose sequence that Bikram is known for but I love hot Yoga!

Well all Yoga actually, that is why I teach it but I would love to check this place out.
Open on Sunday yay! Since I usually teach on Saturdays it is really hard for me to do both but I could do the late Saturday or the Sunday.

The St. Louis Schedule for Bikram Hot Yoga is:• Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 10 am, 4 pm, and 6 pm
• Tuesday and Thursday – 6:30 am, 4 pm, and 6 pm
• Saturday – 10 am and 2 pm
• Sunday 12 pm and 4 pm

Pricing is basically the same as most places, but they do offer a first time one month for $39 bucks so you can't go wrong with that. Also they use Mindbody software so its easy to sign up on line.

Find out more here

New Running Shoes!

I'm not sure how these shoes would be but I think they are a fun concept, and heck with over 200 "Likes" they must be popular!
 I have Fila running shoes I use at lunch, but they are not my favorite brand for my feet. And you have to have the brand that works for you, or the shoe that fits wee.
(Shoe Images:
These are my new running shoes, my Nike Initiator yay!
Got them on sale, plus used my coupon = total with tax $26 bucks and some change, cha-ching!
Love Kohl's for workout shoes!

I have no idea why shoes are so colorful now, who wants all these colors? If its true that the baby boomers have all the money they are we the ones buying these?
Can't wait to give these a try this weekend, if the rain holds out.
Fitness update:
4 more days left on Insanity
Teaching Yoga Saturday
Going to Hot Yoga on Sunday

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Pelvic exercise DVD “inControl”

Recently released is the revised edition DVD Pelvic exercise for women simply titled “inControl” with Pilates expert Karen Armstrong. Designed to tone and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles using core Pilates principles and therapeutic exercise routines for better pelvic health and enjoyment.

Karen Armstrong gives clear verbal and visual instructions, with inserted graphics to help better understand how to perform each movement.  

Divided into two groups you can work one or both as time allows for you personally.

Group One – 15 minutes

Group Two – 8 minutes

Introduction and helpful information – 7 minutes

Includes moves such as:

Pelvic tilts

Hands against knees


Toe dips

Ball (or towel) press

Group Two has three sections, lying, seated and standing. Also included is an Exercise prescription which can be followed to get the best benefits from this DVD. Available for price point of $19.95 less SH & tax at website.
According to Karen “This video can help you improve areas of incontinence, sexual response and recovery from childbirth.”  

Pelvic exercises for women can help any women regardless of age or fitness level; improve pelvic health for proper function, awareness and enjoyment. Whether you are pregnant, thinking about having a child or suffer from weak or damaged pelvic floor muscles inControl Pelvic exercises for women can help.

Contact Karen Armstrong for interviews and appearances at (831) 656-0553





Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend Workouts!

I got the tree up this weekend, and I have a new color scheme! My old ones were faded, they were blue and silver. This year I decided to go with red, cream, gold and brown. I just love how it turned out!
I got new pillows and a new tree skirt too.
Here is my Grinch my sister got me last year, he is still one of my favorite pieces.

Here is the front, you can tell that colors go great with the art work. Which next year, I will be putting up a great big wreath my sister is giving me.

This wreath is on the back door, and I made it in 1985.
I left the bright red bow, because I have a Santa on the back porch that matches it. I will be adding a few things to pull that together since its the entry where I park.  

We had a lovely sunrise again pink. This year in STL we have had some fabulous sunrises and sunsets that anyone that paints or loves taking pictures would be in heaven over.
I am!

Just 2 weeks left on Insanity, here are my holiday weekend workouts......
Thursday workout - Insanity 60 min
Fridays workout - PiYo 60 mins and Insanity 58 minutes
Saturdays workout - Yoga 60 mins and taught Intro Yoga 60 mins (Day off Insanity)
Sundays workout - 75 mins Hot Yoga and Insanity 38 minutes
Today going to the dentist, wish me luck!

Spot On Energy Patches WORK!

I got some samples sent to me, and I was very impressed! The new Spot On Energy patches are amazing, and they are calorie and chemical free. You can just toss them in your wallet or gym bag, purse or glove box and anytime you need a boost its there for you.

Just peel and stick them on and your set. No carbs, no nasty chemicals, just all natural easy to use energy and focus.
I placed mine on my arm just before doing Hot Yoga, and it stayed "stuck" on even during my sweaty drippy session!

And you can tell that even making a muscle or movement they stay in place! You get 2 in a pack for way less then you would pay for 1 energy drink or shot. $3.49 and you don't have a crash or nasty jitters. I can't teach with jitters, so this was perfect. Last 15 min to 5 hours you choose how much energy you need, not a drop of calories!

You can find out more about my new favorite product right here

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Insanity Day 43

Traffic Wednesday to the studio was nuts!
I hate being stressed before I get there. It is to the right of the hair salon, which is all lit up. We leave the lights off until we get there. You can see the Yellow pizza sign clear as day too. Anyway it was fine I was just on time.

I went to the Central West end this weekend, the weather was about 55 degrees and very nice for walking around. I did stop by the cup cake shop and tried the Boston cream pie, but I forgot my camera.

My hair today.............with scarf

Just trying to get new ways to fix it.

After sweating like crazy doing Insanity!
Its going to be short week for us here I am so happy we are closed on Thursday! I think I am going to run if it stays that nice!
Insanity Day 43
Everything is sore
My shoulders are spent from the push ups
I feel weak since you don't get a break its very repetitive.
Everyone is about 30 years old doing this video, and seem like they have done this program about 10 times.....for me I am sticking in there, 3rd time is a charm. Go T. GO!